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National Drought Policy highlights importance of sustaining natural resources, even during times of drought

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The second part of Australia’s National Drought Policy deals with the maintenance and protection of the country’s agricultural and environmental resources during extreme drought.

Quite obviously, it is first and foremost important that water is used in moderation, not only for agricultural purposes, but in the home too.

On the land, this can be achieved by opting for water cartage tanks from Global Roto-Moulding , as they allow for water quantities to be carefully measured and prevent leakage.

In order to save costs and conserve feed, opt for feed additives that have a high nutrient value and contain a range of essential vitamins, such as those from BEC Feed Solutions .

This will ensure livestock continue to receive the nutrients that may be lacking in the vegetation and grasses found in pastures and paddocks, and places less demand on them so they may make a better recovery once the drought concludes.

Opt for livestock, such as those from Weebollaboolla Shorthorns that are accustomed to Australia’s extreme conditions, as they are more likely to survive and continue to grow during times of drought.

This ensures that once a period of drought has concluded, farmers continue to have quality livestock on hand, which eliminates the costs involved in purchasing and breeding new livestock.

Interestingly, a recent report published by the Stockholm International Water Institute contains information that suggests the world reduce its consumption of meat.

Apparently, the world’s livestock industry uses extensive amounts of water, so there is a need to find other sources of protein as by 2050, there will simply not be enough water available to produce the amount of food required.

The report also claims that the average person currently gets 20% of their protein from meat and it needs to decrease to 5% on a permanent basis.

While this is a little extreme, as the needs of Australia’s farmers must be considered, at the same time this practice could be adopted during times of drought in order to conserve water and other natural resources.

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